Round three of the FIM Motocross World Championship series -- the U.S. Grand Prix -- rolled through Glen Helen Raceway in Southern California for the second consecutive year, and Red Bull/Teka/KTM’s Ken Roczen dominated the MX2 class with a flawless two-moto sweep, propelling him further ahead in the championship standings.
Fresh off of a convincing win at the Supercross finale in Las Vegas the weekend prior, the speedy German used confidence and his comfort on U.S. soil to decimate his European counterparts, starting with a qualifying win on Saturday afternoon.
“I felt good out there today,” Roczen commented after his qualifying moto. “I didn’t get a great start, but I rode a smart race and pushed it just enough. I feel really good in America, and after my win in Vegas, my confidence is at a high.”
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When the first MX2-class gate dropped on Sunday to kick off Moto 1, Roczen picked up right where he left off during qualifying, as he rocketed down the long Glen Helen start straight to grab the holeshot and early lead. Out front and in charge of every lap, Roczen pulled away from the field to win by a comfortable margin.
Looking like a carbon copy of the first moto, Ken once again jumped out to a great start to take the early lead in Moto 2, with Red Bull/Teka/KTM teammate Jeffrey Herlings close in tow. Unmatched in the speed department, Roczen began dropping his teammate by lap number four and eventually rode off to a dominant 37-second win.
“This dirt was pretty soft today, so I knew Jeffrey was going to be tough because he’s great in the sand. I got good starts, though, and that really made the difference. I’m very stoked to hold onto the red plate, but there’s still a lot of racing left in the series.”
Roczen now carries a 14-point lead over his teammate as the series heads into round four in Brazil this coming weekend.